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The Magic Dragon.  America’s Return to Space

Crew-1 Astronauts

Dragon Docking

The rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

On Launch Pad

.Waz Up

This month’s Moon phases, Venus, Spica and Mercury in conjunction and more on the December 20 conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter.

Space Exploration and Space History 

Space Exploration News

Arecibo Observatory

Earth may have captured a 60’s era rocket booster.

Space-Related Birthdays

Fred Haise, November 14, 1933 Apollo 13

Dale Gardner, November 8, 1948

Gregory Wiseman, November 11. 1975

Ronald Evans, November 10, 1933

Ed White, November 14, 1930. Died in Apollo 1 fire.

This Week in Space History

November 14, 1969. Apollo 12 launches to the moon.–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTUyMy4yNDIxODc1/–~B/aD05NTA7dz0xMjgwO3NtPTE7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/

John Aaron

Voyager 1

Mariner 9, First Spacecraft to Orbit another Planet

Miss Carolyn’s Constellation of the Week

Constellation Pegasus, the Winged Horse

Space Launches For This Week

Space Coast Launches

Space Flight Now Launch Schedule

Nov. 14/15

Falcon 9 • Crew-1

Launch time: 0049 GMT on 15th (7:49 p.m. EST on 14th)

Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from late September, Oct. 23 and Oct. 31. Delayed from NET Nov. 11. [Oct. 26]

Nov. 15/16

Electron • “Return to Sender”

Launch window: 0144-0434 GMT on 16th (8:44-11:34 p.m. EST on 15th)

Launch site: Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch 30 small satellites and payloads for a range of customers, including TriSept, Unseenlabs, Swarm Technologies, Te Pūnaha Ātea – Auckland Space Institute, and Gabe Newell, co-founder of global gaming software company Valve. Rocket Lab will also try to attempt to recover the Electron rocket’s first stage by parachute for the first time. [Nov. 4]

Nov. 16/17

Vega • SEOSat-Ingenio & Taranis

Launch time: 0152:20 GMT on 17th (8:52:20 p.m. EST on 16th)

Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV17, will launch the SEOSat-Ingenio Earth observation satellite and the Taranis scientific research satellite for Spanish and French customers. The SEOSat-Ingenio Earth-imaging satellite is managed by the Spanish Center for Development of Industry Technology, an arm of the Spanish government, in partnership with the European Space Agency. Airbus Defense and Space built the SEOSat-Ingenio spacecraft. The Taranis spacecraft, developed by the French space agency CNES, will study the transfers of energy between the Earth atmosphere and the space environment occurring above thunderstorms. Delayed from June by coronavirus concerns. Delayed from Aug. 25 and September in ripple effect from Vega/SSMS POC delays. Moved forward from Nov. 18. Delayed from Nov. 13. [Nov. 4]

NET Nov. 18

Falcon 9 • NROL-108

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is designated NROL-108. The first stage booster is expected to attempt a return to launch site landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Oct. 25. [Oct. 31]

Nov. 21

Falcon 9 • Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich

Launch time: 1717 GMT (12:17 p.m. EST; 9:17 a.m. PST)

Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Sentinel 6A, or Jason-CS A, satellite. The satellite is also named Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich in honor of the late director of NASA’s Earth science division. The satellite is a joint mission between the European Space Agency, NASA, NOAA, CNES and Eumetsat to continue the sea level data record previously collected by the Jason series of satellites. Sentinel 6A, built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space in Europe, will also join the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth observation satellite network. Delayed from Nov. 10 by Merlin 1D engine issue. [Nov. 4]


Falcon 9 • SXM 7

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM 7 satellite for SiriusXM. The satellite will replace the XM 3 satellite in SiriusXM’s fleet providing satellite radio programming to consumers across North America. SXM 7 was built by Maxar Technologies, and features a large unfurlable S-band reflector to broadcast radio signals to users on the ground. Delayed from Aug. 1. [Oct. 2]


Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-44

Launch period: TBD

Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from June and Aug. 26. Scrubbed on Aug. 27 by pneumatics issue. Aborted at T-minus 3 seconds on Aug. 29. Delayed from Sept. 26 by swing arm issue. Scrubbed on Sept. 28 due to weather. Scrubbed on Sept. 29 due to hydraulic leak on Mobile Service Tower retract system. Aborted on Sept. 30 at T-minus 7 seconds. Delayed from Oct. 15 and Oct. 23. [Oct. 17]


Falcon 9 • Starlink V1.0-L15

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 16th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink V1.0-L15. Delayed from October. [Oct. 6]

Nov. 24

Soyuz • Gonets M

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch three Gonets M communications satellites and a cluster of international rideshare payloads. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Nov. 4]

NovemberLong March 5 • Chang’e 5

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Wenchang, China

A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5 mission to return samples from the moon. It is the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976. Delayed from November 2019. [Dec. 30]

4th Quarter

Electron • STP-27RM

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Launch Complex 2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its first mission from a new launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch customer is the U.S. Air Force, and the mission will launch an experimental mission for the Space Test Program called Monolith with a space weather instrument. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the ability of a small satellite to support large aperture payloads. Delayed from 2nd Quarter of 2019. Delayed from August 2020 and September 2020. [Sept. 22]


LauncherOne • ELaNa-20

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California

A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its second flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The flight will be conducted under contract to NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Program, carrying 14 CubeSats to orbit for NASA field centers, U.S. educational institutions and laboratories on the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission. Delayed from Aug. 1, Sept. 1, November, Dec. 1, mid-February, July 1 and Aug. 14. [July 22]

Nov. 28Angara-A5 • Test Flight

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Angara-A5 rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight. Delayed from December and 2nd Quarter. Delayed from Nov. 3 and Nov. 24. [Nov. 4]

Nov. 28/29

Soyuz • Falcon Eye 2

Launch time: Approx. 0133:28 GMT on 29th (8:33:28 p.m. EST on 28th)

Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS24, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the Falcon Eye 2 high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 2 is the second of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military. The Soyuz 2-1a (Soyuz ST-A) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 15 and November. Switched from a Vega launcher after the launch failure with the Falcon Eye 1 spacecraft. Delayed from March 6, April 14, September, Oct. 16, and Nov. 3. [Nov. 9]

Nov. 29

H-2A • Optical Data Relay Satellite

Launch window: 0715-0915 GMT (2:15-4:15 a.m. EST)

Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch Japan’s first Optical Data Relay Satellite with a laser communications payload in geosynchronous orbit. The spacecraft will relay signals between low Earth orbit satellites and ground stations. [Oct. 31]

Nov. 30

Falcon 9 • Turksat 5A

Launch time: TBD

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5A communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turkish 5A satellite will provide Ku-band television broadcast services over Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. [Sept. 22]  

Recent Astronomical Discoveries 

History of Temperature Changes in the Universe Revealed

Visible satellite passages over the next couple of days.

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